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Whatever happened to short back and sides Queen looks rather perplexed as she meets sniper in full camouflage
Queen met soldiers and horses from the Household Cavalry RegimentSniper wears unusual work outfit and carries rifle to meet the Queen
22:45 GMT, 26 November 2012
It is a dilemma faced by anyone invited to meet the Queen: what exactly does one wear
This sniper serving with the Household Cavalry Regiment opted for his work outfit… leaving the Queen looking more than a little perplexed.
Looking like Chewbacca from the movie blockbuster Star Wars, the crack marksman wore a 'ghillie suit', a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage, leaves and twigs to remain concealed from the enemy. The suit even moves in gusts of wind.
Perplexed: Queen Elizabeth as she meets a sniper from the Household Cavalry at Combermere Barracks in Windsor today
The Queen as she meets a veteran Drum Horse called 'Mercury' in her visit today
He also wore Army-issue brown boots and carried a powerful sniper rifle while chatting to Her Majesty.
The Queen, dressed in a long violet coat with a matching hat, met soldiers and horses from the Household Cavalry Regiment when she visited Combermere Barracks in Windsor today.
She also took a tour of the training school where she saw a riding lesson being undertaken by Trooper Thomas Ephgrave, 19, from Leatherhead, Surrey.
Trooper Ephgrave has been learning to ride for four weeks, after joining the Army in March.
Queen asked him about his horse, which is named Elizabeth after her and
is often ridden by the Princess Royal at the Queen’s Birthday Parade in
June each year.
Members of the Household Cavalry dressed in camouflage meet the Queen on her visit to the barracks
The Queen laughs with a soldier as she eyes up machinery during her tour of the barracks
She was also impressed to know that joining the Army was what Trooper Ephgrave had always wanted to do.
And the Queen, who famously loves
horses, petted a drum steed called Adamas – 'Diamond' in Greek – who will
be on official duty for the first time when the Emir of Kuwait visits
The drum horse was renamed Adamas today in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Smiling away: The Queen speaks with trooper Thomas Ephgrave who joined the Army in march
Dressed in purple, the Queen is shown around the barracks which dates back to 1804
A soldier chats to the Queen as she takes a walk around the Combermere Barracks situated less than a mile away from Windsor Castle
The Queen also seemed intrigued when shown armoured fighting vehicles which were at the forefront of Britain’s military operations in the Falklands, Bosnia and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She asked soldiers about their families and their time in Afghanistan. She then took part in a photograph with 875 members of both regiments.
Combermere Barracks is less than a mile from Windsor Castle and dates back to 1804. The riding school was built in 1881.